The first edition of Cricket
World Cup was organized in
England, and the winning country of the first season was “West Indies” in the year 1975.
The world cup was officially named as ‘Prudential Cup ‘75’.
To lift the maiden trophy of the Cricket World Cup,
West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs
. The West Indies and
teams were captained by Clive Lloyd and Ian Chappell respectively. The event gained the sponsorship from the ‘Prudential Assurance Company’, in which
8 teams participated
initially. The six test playing team at that time were the participant in the tournament i.e. Australia, England, India,
, Pakistan, and West Indies, in addition to this, the two Associate Nations were also the participant
and East Africa. East Africa was the only country which was the participant in the World Cup for the first and the last time as well.
Like the current format of World Cup, the 8 teams were divided into two groups at that time too. Both groups were having four teams, and each team plays with others in the group by following the Round-Robin and Knockout format. West Indies was in Group B and overall 16 matches were played in the tournament. Total 6 venues were used to organize the first World Cup in England.
The Venues were, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, The Oval in London, Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, Old Trafford Cricket Ground in
, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, and Headingley in Leeds. The World Cup Tournament was started on June 7, 1975, and ended on June 21, 1975, when the final match of Cricket World Cup was played. The match was played at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England. The Umpires standing in the final match were Dickie Bird and Tom Spencer, both are from England.